The Water Framework Directive
|Create Date||14th April 2000|
The Water Framework Directive was agreed by all individual EU member states in 2000, and its first cycle ran from 2009-2015. The Directive runs in 6 year cycles, so the 2nd Cycle runs from 2016-2021.
Having one Framework for water quality for all of the 4,933 waterbodies in Ireland, and all the others across Europe, allows us to compare our results, and see what works to help us make sure all our surface and ground water achieves ‘Good Status’. Rivers, lakes, coastal and transitional water can all have 5 statuses – High, Good, Moderate, Poor and Bad. Groundwater has just 2 statuses – Good and Poor.
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